PLANS to build 483 homes in Burton could take a major leap forward if town leaders can agree on an access route to the site.
Last month, East Staffordshire Borough Council planning bosses deferred a decision on the development on land currently occupied by a B&Q distribution depot, in Burton Road, to consider alternative access arrangements.
When the council’s planning committee reconvenes next week, it will recommend land to the north of Heather Close be used as the alternative access route.
According to a report which the committee will consider, Heather Close is the most logical position option in regards to highway safety and the impact on neighbours.
The land is also in the process of being transferred to the borough council which will also see £80,000 be allocated towards a play area, the report said.
It said: “The formation of a significant area of open space on land to the north of Heather Close, which includes the investment of £80,000, will provide an open and inclusive area of open space.”
Other access routes which have been considered include Lavender Close, Pershore Drive, Marlow Drive, Ratcliffe Avenue, Culland Road and Mellor Road.
But these were all thought to be ‘less attractive from a highway safety and residential amenity perspective’.
Despite the recommendations, a large number’ of Heather Close residents have objected to the plans with concerns raised including more traffic.
It is thought traffic could be huge issue for residents and parents of children for the new school as well as the possibility of accidents at the junction with Regents Park Road.
Despite previously raising objections to the proposals, Branston Parish Council now supports the plans, although it still holds concerns about parking and infrastructure arrangements with the development.
The planning committee will meet at Burton Town Hall at 2pm on Monday, September 23.